PDCA is privileged to recognize outstanding individuals that had made a significant contribution to the members, the association and/or industry over the past year.  PDCA awards are presented during our annual conference.

The PDCA presents the following awards to worthy individuals:

Committee Chair of the Year
For outstanding dedication and commitment to the PDCA & exemplary leadership displayed as Committee Chair.

John T. Parker, Jr. Industry Ambassador Award
The award is presented to an individual who shares the late John Parker's passion for the pile driving industry.
Someone who has represented and promoted pile driving in a way that reflects the highest standards of our industry.  All recipient selections are a collaboration of the PDCA President, Executive Committee and a representative selected by the PDCA of the South Carolina Chapter. 

Professional Engineers Service Award
This award is presented to honor an engineer who has made a significant contribution to the PDCA, the driven pile industry and the engineering profession from the Geotechnical, Civil or Structural engineering disciplines.  A distinguished panel selects the engineer for his or her achievements based exemplary leadership, technical innovation and practices that strengthen the engineering field of driven pile as it relates to deep foundations and earth retention systems and who supports the PDCA on various levels.

Presidential Award for Distinguished Service
Established in 2008 by the PDCA this award is presented to honor and pay tribute to an individual who has made on-going, long-term and significant contributions to the PDCA and the pile driving industry through his/her effective leadership, support and participation.  Each year, the PDCA President selects an individual who has distinguished him or herself in advancing the PDCA through valuable personal and professional service.

E.A.L. Smith Award Lecture
The award lecture is intended to be given every third year during the International Foundation Congress and Equipment Expo (IFCEE). It describe projects where innovations led to highly efficient, environmentally sensitive and resource conscious driven pile solutions. Detailed descriptions of complex analytical procedures would not be in the spirit of the simplicity and practicality of the Smith approach, would not reach the intended audience consisting of contractors, equipment developers and providers and practicing engineers and would therefore not be encouraged.  The awardee may be a US resident as well as one of a foreign country as selected by a subcommittee of the PDCA Educational Committee and approved by the PDCA Board of Directors.

Lifetime Achievement Award
This award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the PDCA over a long period of his or her association with the PDCA.  Due to the significance and required high achievement required to receive this award, it is only given out on special occasions and as warranted by the actions of the recipient and through unanimous consent by the PDCA Board of Directors.​​​​​​​


PDCA Member Company Engagement Campaign & Awards
PDCA member company campaign is a participation award at the bronze level and requires more participation as the levels increase.  It is presented as a thank you to any PDCA member company that is leading the way in support and participation within the PDCA.  The levels listed are not limited to one PDCA member company and does not require any type of company nomination.  This is an involvement campaign and setup so that all PDCA members can choose to participate each year to gain maximum benefit of their membership.  Log in to your PDCA member account to get started.